Thursday, May 17
Wear your grade’s PRIDE color!
Playground Popsicle Party
Thursday, May 17, 2:30pm
Come celebrate Spring and our big beautiful open field! Popsicles will be provided.
Stratton Art Night
Wednesday, June 6, 6:00-7:30pm
Almost-Monthly Coffee Meet-Up
Friday, June 8, after drop-off
PTO End-of-Year Meeting/Volunteer Appreciation
Tuesday, June 12, 7:00pm
Stratton Family Fun Fest
Saturday, June 16, 4:30-7:00pm
*All events take place at Stratton unless otherwise noted.
News from the Principal
Dear Stratton families:
There are a LOT of end of the year events to keep track of, but I’d like to encourage everyone to attend the grand RE-opening of our playground and field this Thursday after school. There is a backpack flyer coming home today about it. This will be a much needed opportunity for the whole parent and student community to be together, and enjoy the full play space at Stratton School. See you there!
News from the PTO
From the Co-Presidents
Huge thanks to the entire Stratton Community for making last week a busy, joyful success! Here’s a peek at all we did together:
The Book Swap was amazing — every Stratton child took home several new (to them) books! Thank you to all who donated, and especially to Kelly Mountain and Melissa Johnson, who lead the PTO Book Committee, and the many parent volunteers who spent time in the library last Tuesday and Wednesday.
Teacher Appreciation Week was spectacular, and very much appreciated by our amazing faculty and staff. Thank you to all who brought flowers, blew up balloons, cooked food, bought coffee, and otherwise created special ways to thank our teachers. Extra kudos to all you room parents! And to our Teacher Appreciation Week PTO leads, Andrea King and Christina Falcone: THANK YOU! You’re amazing!
Congratulations to the Garden Club and Green Team! Parents Kathy Whang and Yuko Handa worked hard to win an Arlington Garden Club $500 grant for the Stratton School Garden. It looks great–and will soon have butterflies! Please go check it out!
You won’t want to miss these upcoming events: Playground Popsicle Party (Thurs 5/17), Stratton Art Night (Wed 6/6), Almost Monthly Morning Coffee Meet-up (Fri 6/8), and Family Fun Fest (Sat 6/16). Watch this newsletter and the PTO website (http://strattonpto.org) for details!
– Bryn Hollenbeck, mom to Juliet 2nd grade and Ian K’18
– Beth Saunders, mom to Carly 4th grade
Stratton Events and Volunteer Opportunities
Playground Popsicle Party!
The playground is open, the fence is down, and the sun is out – let’s celebrate! This Thursday May 17 from 2:30-4 join us on the playground for free freeze pops, music, and conversation. We will have plenty for all – grown ups need freeze pops too!
Volunteers Needed to Help Welcome Incoming K Families
Can you help welcome the 2018/19 Stratton Kindergartners on Tuesday May 22? It is a Stratton tradition for current Stratton families to host this Visiting Day for prospective kindergartners and their parents. If you can bring in food, help set up, or give a school tour (we will train you if you’re not familiar with the rest of the building), please sign up using this link: (children are also welcome!)
Fun Fest 2018
Saturday, June 16 from 4:30-7:00pm
Sponsored by the Stratton PTO
To celebrate the end of the school year, join the Stratton community for an evening of FUN geared toward kids grades K-5. There will be activities for all including obstacle course stations by Knucklebones, a juggling show by the Airborne Comedians, and more! Drop in for a few minutes or bring a picnic dinner and hang out for the whole time. All Fun Fest activities are sponsored by the Stratton PTO and are free to all Stratton families.
We still need a few parents to volunteer to help ensure the evening is a success. Please sign up via this link:
The store is run by some of our 5th graders and monitored by Mrs. Mullen.
Stop by the store every Friday, 2:35 – 3:00 p.m. just outside the cafeteria.
Stay Sharp all Summer!
In case you missed our last coffee meetup: Stay Sharp all Summer with math and literacy activities from our instructional coaches: http://strattonpto.org/
Support the Stratton PTO:
1. Support the PTO through Amazon. Just start your Amazon shopping at the Stratton PTO website and click on the Amazon link. It does not cost you anything and Stratton receives a percentage of your purchase (at no cost to you). (Note – for the PTO to earn a percentage you must use the Stratton link and place items in your cart after following the link.)
2. Register your Stop & Shop card for the A+ Rewards Program and select Stratton (# 08591) as your school. Ask friends and family to register too. Register here: https://stopandshop.com/school
In the Community
Book Release by Thompson’s Own Fourth Grade Teacher Sarah Marie Jette!
Ms. Jette’s first book, What the Wind Can Tell You, will be released on May 15th. Ms. Jette will host a reading and signing on Saturday, May 19th at the Robbins Library from 1pm-3pm.
To pre-order the book or for additional information: https://www.islan
The book will also be available at the Book Rack for purchase.
Are you or your Stratton student involved in something interesting in the community that you would like to share? Are you on an adult softball team looking for players? Is your Stratton student performing or competing in something? Does your Stratton student need to be recognized for doing something interesting out in the world? Please share with us. Submissions due on Fridays at 5:00pm. Please send to Deb Wachenheim . Please, no advertisements for products, services or outside fundraisers.
Connect to the PTO
Beth Saunders, Co-President
Bryn Hollenbeck, Co-President
Beth McLaughlin, Co-Vice President/Enrichment Chair
Amy Carlson, Co-Vice President/Enrichment Chair
Andrea Haas, Co-Vice-President/Fundraising Chair
Christian Collins, Treasurer
Christina Falcone, Communications/Secretary
Nancy Fontenot, Newsletter Co-Chair
Deb Wachenheim, Newsletter Co-Chair
Julie Vakoc, Website